The signs of the end are all around us, constant reminders that “heaven and earth will pass away.” But all of these signs are seen through the lens of the cross of Christ, whereby He has conquered sin and death, that we might be raised with Him in righteousness through His Word of the Gospel, which “will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). Indeed, Christ’s righteousness is “a light to the peoples” who “will never be dismayed” because in Him God’s justice is complete (Is. 51:4–6). Risen from the dead, He “is able to keep you from stumbling” and presents you “blameless before the presence of his glory.” (Jude 24) Therefore, as His beloved, we live and serve confidently, “having mercy on those who doubt” and “saving others by snatching them from the fire,” (Jude 22-23).

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